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Keurig is one of the most recognizable names in coffee. Known for its array of pod-based machines, the company helped spark the 21st-century wave of single-serve brewing.
These convenient coffee makers can be found everywhere from offices to dorm rooms, and the collection is extensive enough to suit a variety of needs. Some machines are designed to save space on cluttered countertops. Others come with milk frothers to craft lattes and cappuccinos right from home. Keurig now even produces its signature K-Cups for more than just coffee drinkers, with myriad options for tea and hot chocolate.
Here are the best Keurigs—just pop in a pod and go.
Best Overall: Keurig K-Café
Multiple drink options
Easy to use
Dishwasher-safe milk frother
Not "true" espresso
Takes up a lot of counter space
On pricier end for Keurig
Prefer lattes and cappuccinos to regular drip coffee? You can still get those next-level drinks, thanks to this Keurig. It has a dishwasher-safe milk frother, meaning the foamed drinks of your dreams will be incredibly easy to make in the morning. It won't be the same quality as a high-end espresso maker, but our product tester wrote that the frother "created full, foamy milk froth, perfect for an amateur latte or cappuccino."
This model can brew regular cups of coffee and make concentrated "shots" of coffee from either your favorite K-cup variety or from your own coffee, with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately). You can also brew a stronger cup when you want more flavor, and you can choose between 6-, 8-, 10-, or 12-ounce servings.
With the drip tray removed, the K-Café can fit a 7.2-inch tall to-go cup. The water reservoir holds 60 ounces, so you can make five extra-large cups of coffee before you need to refill.
Colors: Charcoal and Nickel | Water Reservoir: 60 ounces | Frothing: Yes | Strong Brew: Yes | Dimensions: 12.5 x 15.3 x 11.7 inches
"This would be an ideal machine for someone who wants to skip the many steps of using a home espresso machine but still get a very similar result." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Best Basic: Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker
Value for money
Large, removable water reservoir
Just looking for a standard Keurig machine? This pick is good for anyone who enjoys a basic morning cup without too many frills. It can brew 6, 8, and 10-ounce cups in less than a minute and has a 48-ounce removable water reservoir that’s easy to refill. It's as easy as it gets to make a cup: just insert the K-Cup, choose a size, and start the brew.
If your Keurig won’t be used throughout the day, you can program the auto-off feature to turn the machine off after it has been idle for two hours. A descale button makes cleaning your machine a breeze. This model is available in black and a deep red, both of which will look sleek and stylish on your counter.
Colors: Black and Rhubarb | Water Reservoir: 48 ounces | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: No | Dimensions: 13 x 9.8 x 13.3 inches
Best Middle Tier: Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker
Strong brew setting
Removable reservoir and drip tray
Lightweight plastic parts
No iced coffee setting
This is a good middle ground for the prospective Keurig customer. It's affordable and easy to use, plus it has several upgrades over the slightly cheaper K-Classic. The K-Select has simple buttons to choose from four cup sizes, and it lights up to indicate when you need to add water or descale. With the drip tray removed, this machine can accommodate your favorite travel mug, so you can take a cup to go. The removable water reservoir holds up to 52 ounces, so you can brew plenty of coffee before you have to refill. The coffee maker comes with six K-Cup pods, a water filter handle, and one filter.
Since this Keurig is compatible with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately), you can either buy whole bean coffee, grind it at home, and brew it in your Keurig, or make a cup using your favorite K-Cup pods. This machine can brew 6, 8, 10, and 12-ounce cups, and the strong brew feature lets you brew a more intense cup.
Colors: Matte Black, Vintage Red, Oasis, Sandstone, Matte Navy, Matte White | Water Reservoir: 52 ounces | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: Yes | Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.2 x 11.6 inches
"Strong brew settings depend on the machine. In general, you can make coffee "bolder" by using more coffee grounds or less water. Some machines might use less water, some might brew at a different temperature, and some might pump at a lower pressure to increase extraction time." — Patrick Cotter, Content Marketing Specialist for Seattle Coffee Gear
Best Budget: Keurig K-Compact Coffee Maker
Saves counter space
Removable drip tray fits travel mugs
Smaller water reservoir
Great for small spaces and small budgets, this little brewer can make 6-, 8-, or 10-ounce cup sizes in under a minute with an auto-off feature that shuts the machine down when it's not in use to save energy. The 36-ounce reservoir is removable for easy filling and cleaning. With the drip tray removed, this model can accommodate travel mugs, so you can take your coffee with you on the road. The K-Compact comes in four colors, so you can match your kitchen design or use it to add a little pop of color to your home.
Colors: Black, Grey, Imperial Red, and Turqoise | Water Reservoir: 36 ounces | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: No | Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.2 x 13.2 inches
Best for Small Spaces: Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker
Slightly cheaper than most Keurigs
Stores up to nine K-cups
Must fill water before every use
Coffee isn't the hottest
When you have no space to spare, you’ll appreciate this mini Keurig that’s just about as wide as a coffee mug. It still has features you’ll love, like the ability to brew between 6 and 12 ounces of coffee or choose a stronger brew. This option saves space with a small, removable reservoir that holds just enough for one cup of coffee.
Even with the small size, Keurig came up with a smart way to provide you with easy K-cup storage. When the machine isn't in use, you can slide a storage container right where your mug would usually sit to store up to nine K-cups at a time. The machine turns off 90 seconds after it's finished brewing to save power, but it heats up quickly when you're ready for another cup.
Colors: Matte Black, Cardinal Red, Studio Gray, Evening Teal, Matte White, Cool Aqua | Water Reservoir: Single serve | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: Yes | Dimensions: 12.1 x 4.5 x 11.3 inches
"Keurig's K-Mini Plus is ideal for the lack of counter space in my kitchen, and the one-cup brew method is just right for my single household. Not only is it the simplest coffee maker I've ever used, but the bright design makes me happy first thing in the morning." — Taylor Rock, Associate Editor
Best for Iced Coffee: Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker
Large water reservoir (75 ounces)
Prone to leaking
Hard to see water level
There’s no doubt that this sleek coffee maker will look elegant on your counter. But it doesn't just look good. This machine also gives you plenty of options, including 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, or 12-ounce serving sizes to fit all of your favorite coffee mugs; a "strong brew" button; and an iced setting to give you a delicious coffee over ice. If you're craving tea, this Keurig also can dispense hot water straight to your mug.
The reservoir holds 75 ounces, so you'll only need to refill every couple of days. The drip tray is removable so you can easily fill a travel mug, and it’s large enough to hold a full mug's worth of liquid. The machine comes with six K-Cup pods to get you started, plus a water filter and a filter handle you can install if you'd like.
Colors: Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, Brushed Slate | Water Reservoir: 75 ounces | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: Yes | Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.9 x 12.7 inches
Best for Carafe Brewing: Keurig K-Duo Plus Coffee Maker
Single serve and carafe brewing
Carafe doesn't stay hot for long
Requires regular cleaning
Settings aren't the most customizable
The Keurig K-Duo Plus is the best of both coffee worlds. Not only does it offer the company's signature single-serve brewing, it also includes a 12-cup thermal carafe for when one cup just isn't enough. And the options don't end there. When using the carafe, you can brew 6, 8, 10, or the full 12 cups; when using the single-serve setting, you can fill your mug with 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces. Another handy feature is that the K-Duo Plus can be programmed to brew up to 24 hours in advance, which is a unique luxury among Keurigs.
The K-Duo Plus is a newer iteration of the K-Duo—the latter being a cheaper but bulkier option. The two share similar features overall, but the main difference is that the K-Duo Plus has only one brewing spout for both carafe and single-serve. This saves a lot of space width-wise, though users should keep in mind that the K-Duo Plus is fairly tall, so measure your cupboards ahead of time.
Colors: Black | Water Reservoir: 60 ounces | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: Yes | Dimensions: 14.19 x 7.68 x 15.88 inches
"Not only is it so easy to use and set up, but it also makes good coffee and comes with several extras such as the auto-brew feature and the movable water reservoir." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Best Customizable: Keurig K-Supreme Plus
Saves brewing preferences
Large removable reservoir (78 ounces)
Slower brew time
Coffee could be hotter
With several adjustable settings and the ability to save user drink preferences, the K-Supreme Plus offers nearly unapparelled customization for a single-serve brewer. Some of the options include five different drinks sizes ranging from 4 to 12 ounces, as well as three strength settings for those who prefer a bolder cup of coffee. You can even select between three temperature settings, though some customers say they wish the coffee was slightly hotter.
Another advantage to the K-Supreme Plus is its large removable water reservoir; at 78 ounces, users can brew several cups before needing to refill it. Expect a little more flavor from this brewer too, as it's designed with Keurig's MultiStream Technology, which covers the K-Cup grounds more thoroughly than older models.
Colors: Gray | Water Reservoir: 78 ounces | Frothing: No | Strong Brew: Yes | Dimensions: 13.35 x 8.31 x 12.24 inches
The K-Café is the most versatile Keurig you can find, as well as one of the highest rated, which earns it our top spot. It lets users brew everything from lattes and cappuccinos to regular coffee in four different sizes. Those interested in a more affordable option should consider the K-Classic (view at Amazon), an easy-to-use model that brews reliable coffee, fast.
What to Look for in a Keurig
Keurig coffee makers come with all sorts of different features. Figuring out the features that are most important to you is a great way to narrow down your options. Do you want a highly versatile machine with adjustable settings and the ability to brew different drinks? Or would you be happy with a more basic, and likely cheaper, model?
Many Keurig coffee makers are specifically designed to save space. That's what makes the brand a great option everywhere from offices to dorm rooms to cluttered kitchens. If you do have the space, however, larger Keurigs often have added features, so it may be worth sacrificing a little room on the countertop if you can spare it.
Price is an important consideration when buying any coffee maker. Luckily, it's a little easier to compare value for money when looking at products from one brand. Think about the features you want in a Keurig coffee maker and see if they fall within your price range. Keurigs are generally more expensive than regular drip coffee makers, but even the top models aren't outrageously pricey.
How do I clean my Keurig?
Regularly cleaning your Keurig device is the best way to ensure consistent long-term performance. Common issues that arise from lack of upkeep include: the device dispensing too much or too little coffee; coffee grounds ending up in your cup; the water not getting hot enough; and the machine not turning on at all.
Descaling is the most thorough cleaning process for a coffee maker. This is where users remove the mineral residue (or “scale”) that builds up inside a machine where it has been contacted by water. The first step in descaling is to empty the water reservoir. Second, pour a mixture of descaling solution—this can be a product specifically sold for coffee makers or just vinegar you have at home—and water into the reservoir. Third, run the brew cycle until the reservoir is empty and the “Add Water” light turns on. Finally, it’s important to rinse or hand-wash various parts of the machine to remove any leftover vinegar or descaling solution. Keurig recommends descaling once every three to six months.
Aside from descaling, users should regularly disassemble and clean individual pieces—the reservoir, lid, mug holder, pod holder, etc.—to get the best results from their device.
Why are there coffee grounds in my cup?
Coffee grounds in your cup usually results from a clogged exit needle. The fix is quick and easy, but keep in mind that the needle is extremely sharp and should be handled cautiously. To clean the exit needle, first remove the pod holder from your Keurig device. Second, detach the funnel from the pod holder and locate the small tube underneath the exit needle. Third, use a paper clip or small brush to loosen and remove leftover coffee grounds inside the tube. Finally, rinse the pod holder and funnel in the sink before reassembling and placing back in your device. You can also run a brew cycle with just water afterward as a last measure to ensure the exit needle has been unclogged.
Why is my Keurig leaking?
The most common source of a leaky Keurig is the water reservoir. This can be verified a couple different ways. First, remove the reservoir and inspect the well underneath; if there’s a buildup of water, the leaking is likely caused by a faulty nozzle at the bottom of the reservoir. You can contact Keurig’s customer service for a replacement reservoir, or try to repair it at home by placing an O-ring (also called a toric joint) around the nozzle. The second test is to fill the reservoir with water and hold it over the sink. If it leaks, chances are the reservoir has a crack in it, which is also an issue to contact Keurig’s customer service about.
Does Keurig offer a warranty?
Yes! Keurig offers a limited one-year warranty for all of its brewing devices. The warranty covers issues that arise from general home use, but it does not cover “consequential or incidental damages.” Depending on the defect, Keurig will either replace individual parts or the entire brewer, both free of charge.
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Donna Currie is a freelance food writer who specializes in product reviews and recipes. Her work has appeared on Serious Eats, Fine Cooking, and her own recipe blog, Cookistry.com. She's also the author of "Make Ahead Bread" (view at Amazon), a cookbook meant to simplify the bread-baking process.
This piece was updated by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He typically uses non-electric coffee makers at home, alternating between the Bialetti Moka Express (view at Amazon) and the Bodum Brazil French Press (view at Amazon).
Patrick Cotter is the Content Marketing Specialist for Seattle Coffee Gear. He manages the company's blog, social media, and content pages. Founded in 2005, Seattle Coffee Gear is a retailer that focuses on coffee education.